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Tue
26
Jun

FDA approves first cannabis-based drug

The US Food and Drug Administration approved a cannabis-based drug for the first time, the agency said Monday.

Epidiolex was recommended for approval by an advisory committee in April, and the agency had until this week to make a decision. The twice-daily oral solution is approved for use in patients 2 and older to treat two types of epileptic syndromes: Dravet syndrome, a rare genetic dysfunction of the brain that begins in the first year of life, and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a form of epilepsy with multiple types of seizures that begin in early childhood, usually between 3 and 5.

Mon
25
Jun

Proposed Oklahoma medical marijuana rules ban indoor smoking, THC-laced gummy bears, outdoor growing

A few things would be banned under proposed rules to regulate medical marijuana in Oklahoma, including dispensaries near schools, indoor smoking and psychoactive gummy bears.

Oklahomans will vote Tuesday on State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana. Opponents have argued it represents a backdoor effort to allow recreational marijuana use, because it doesn't lay out specific health conditions marijuana could treat and has relatively generous limits on the amounts patients could possess.

Mon
25
Jun

No gummies or edibles allowed as Utah gets set to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients

The state of Utah is moving forward with plans to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients granted a "right to try" it.

Under a series of laws passed by the Utah State Legislature earlier this year, terminally ill patients will be able to take medical-grade cannabis. The legislature has ordered the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow the marijuana and distribute it.

Agriculture officials have been crafting rules after an initial phase of public feedback. Another round of public feedback will take place later this year when the rules are formally published for medical cannabis and industrialized hemp.

Mon
25
Jun

Jamaica: Gov't moving apace to develop medical marijuana industry

Jamaican Minister Audley Shaw said, "time is not on our side" when referring to the country's efforts in boosting its marijuana industry.

Audley Shaw, Jamaica's Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries vowed Thursday to waste no more time in guaranteeing benefits from the ever-expanding global medical cannabis or medical marijuana industry.

“Time is not on our side,” he stressed while addressing the Agricultural Technology Symposium, which was convened under the theme 'Sustained Growth in the Agriculture Sector with Science and Technology Engineering.'

The event was hosted at the Isratech Jamaica Limited Group of Companies in Jamaica's Manchester Parish and saw the participation of the Jamaica Institute of Engineers.

Mon
25
Jun

UK: Leading cancer professor on trial suggesting medical cannabis may keep patients alive longer

Professor Anthony Chalmers, head of clinical oncology at Glasgow University, said the results revealing a cannabis drug called Sativex may prolong a patient’s life should be followed by more extensive research.

His comment came as some patients with brain tumours illegally import medical cannabis to treat tumours previously labelled incurable.

The legality of medical cannabis is under review by the Home Office after the mother of a severely epileptic boy was stopped at Heathrow while returning from Canada with a supply.

Professor Chalmers’ patients were part of an international drug study showing 83% of patients were alive a year later compared with 53% of those who did not get the cannabis drug.

Mon
25
Jun

Pennsylvania lawmakers approve bill to spur research on medical marijuana

Legislation designed to get a research provision of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana law back on track is headed to the governor's desk.

Both chambers voted Friday for a bill that was drafted in response to a Commonwealth Court judge's decision last month to halt Health Department regulations for licenses issued to growers and dispensaries that partner with state medical schools.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's office says he'll sign it.

Supporters say the research component of the medical marijuana law will pay dividends in years to come, as the businesses and medical schools work to learn more about how the drug helps patients and develop products and applications.

Mon
25
Jun

Australia's first medicinal cannabis clinic set to open

The first of 10 medical cannabis clinics to be launched in Melbourne will open later this year with approval from the state and federal government. 

New legislation allows doctors to prescribe cannabis treatments which will be available to adults and children, Herald Sun reported. 

CannaLife founder Helen Lyon predicts the number of patients, who will be approved to legally use medical marijuana, is expected to grow significantly with the opening of the clinic in 2016. 

Fri
22
Jun

Mothers in labor are using cannabis to manage pain during birth

With cannabis legalization and use on the rise, mothers are beginning to consider the potential for CBD and THC as useful birth aids and delivery pain medication for their babies in place of Pitocin, epidurals and other traditional birthing drugs.

When Kelley started to feel contractions, she dropped a “bath bomb” in her tub and slid in, letting the warm water and the THC and CBD from the cannabis mixed into the bomb relax her body and hasten the arrival of her child, as midwives have reportedly been doing in the delivery of babies for centuries.

Fri
22
Jun

Key marijuana drug approval looms as cannabis goes mainstream

GW Pharmaceuticals, which has spent 20 years developing medicines from cannabis, is hoping for a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) green light by June 27, after winning support from an advisory panel in April.

Some parents already use cannabis to help children with severe forms of epilepsy, but such therapy is not monitored or licensed.

Scientists told a briefing in London on Thursday that new research was unlocking the potential of certain cannabis compounds.

 “We’ve learnt a huge amount about cannabis,” said Valerie Curran, head of the clinical psychopharmacology unit at University College London. “It is still early, but it is proving a treasure chest of potential medicines.”

Fri
22
Jun

Mexico opium poppy growers turning to marijuana

Opium poppy growers in southern Mexico who helped fuel the U.S. heroin epidemic say prices for their product have been driven so low - apparently by the use of synthetic opioids like fentanyl - that they are turning in desperation back to another crop they know well: marijuana.

Beset by poverty and joblessness, farmers in the hills around the Guerrero state hamlets of Tenantla and Amatitlan say that prices for opium paste - which oozes from the bulbs of poppies after they're cut - have fallen so low they don't even pay for the cost of planting, fertilizing, irrigating, weeding and harvesting the raw material for heroin.

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